Lions’ Matt Patricia says Paul Pasqualoni will continue role as DC

The Detroit Lions are 31st overall in the NFL on the defensive side of the ball. But don’t expect any changes.

Head coach Matt Patricia said today that defensive coordinator (and his mentor) Paul Pasqualoni will continue in his role, and that there won’t be any adjustments or personnel moves.

“I think it’s important for me to continue to try to do my best as the head coach to manage the game and make sure that I’m paying attention to all the phases and things that I see as the game goes on that need to be either corrected or addressed, or just kind of confirmed or handled,” Patricia said in a conference call Monday. “So I don’t really see any of that changing right now.”

Despite the team’s poor defensive showings this season, Patricia remains confident in his coaching staff and believes that the former Syracuse head coach is doing “a great job” running the defense.

“Certainly there’s situations where he and I have either talked about calls or there might be calls that I feel that we want to make in certain situations, but the good part about being the head coach is that you can make those calls in any three phases of the game,” Patricia said. “Obviously, a lot more of that can and will happen on defense, but Coach Pasqualoni’s doing a great job of trying to get all that organized.”

There you have it, Lions fans. Despite giving up 450 yards of offense to the Raiders this past weekend and having allowed a 100-yard rusher in three of the past four weeks, no changes are being made.
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